Lake Crescent is located on the northern side of the Olympic Peninsula, right along the very popular to drive Highway 101. The lake is located less than 20 miles west of Port Angeles and the closes community is the tiny town of Piedmont. People visit Lake Crescent for all kinds of reasons including the opportunity to relax while getting away from it all as well as a wide variety of outdoor recreation possibilities. Lake Crescent is a popular getaway, and has been for a number of years.
There’s more to the area than that though. Take a look at these three great places to see within an easy drive of Lake Crescent.
Visit Hurricane Ridge
Located a little over an hour to the east of Lake Crescent, the Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center sits high in the Olympic Mountains. To get there you have to drive to Port Angeles first and then head south into the mountains to the visitors center. A lot of outdoor recreation can be participated there, including hiking, bird watching, cross country skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing. The Hurricane Ridge Visitors Center itself is home to some great information about the Olympic Mountains, maps of the Olympic National Park, and very interesting local history items. The views from the center of Hurricane Ridge itself are extraordinary.
Visit Dungeness Spit
Dungeness Spit sticks out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca near the community of Sequim. It is a sand spit that stretches five and a half mile into the water and is the longest natural sand spit in the entire country. The entire sand spit is explorable to visitors going there. Those willing to make the journey all the way to the end are rewarded with the opportunity of seeing the New Dungeness Lighthouse which is maintained entirely by local volunteers. Enjoying Dungeness Spit though doesn’t have to be done with a five and a half mile walk as there are a number of great viewpoints to see it from.
Visit La Push, Washington
Located out on the open Washington coastline, the tiny community of La Push can be reached from Lake Crescent in a drive of just under an hour. Along the way, you will drive through the community of Forks. La Push features some of the most beautiful scenery on the Washington coast. There are a great many huge driftwood trees laying on the beach where they wash up in the surf. You can stay there a few hours and explore the scenic coastline or you can stay there overnight in the local resort that offers the choice of RV spaces, cabins, or a motel. La Push offers the kind of experience you can’t get elsewhere.